If you see any of these...

February 16 2011


...they're nicked - and you should return them to the Egyptian police. Unless the person offering them to you is called Lord Elgin, in which case that's alright then. 

The BBC has a good film showing how the pieces were stolen.

Mary Beard, on her blog, says of the thefts; [more below]

Tactless it may be, but I have been itching to say this for several days. The sad looting of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo gives yet another reason why the dispersal of major treasures around the world may be a good thing, not an imperialist crime.

I don't mean that everything should end up in the British Museum (or the Met, or the Louvre). In the medium to long term, we can't be certain which parts of the world are going to be safest -- whether that is a question or crime, riot, flood or fire. Over the next millennium London may be no less vulnerable than Kabul. But we do know that 'all eggs in one basket' is bound to be a bad idea.

Only a year or so ago, Zahi Hawass was on the Today programme complaining that all the masterpieces of ancient Egyptian art were not in Egypt.

I hope he is eating his words.

This is a bit harsh, isn't it?

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